Welcome to My NC Retirement for government employees, employers, and retirees! Here you'll find resources and tools to help you determine what actions to take to address your short-term and long-term financial and retirement planning needs.
A New Year. A New Approach to Retirement Planning.
The North Carolina Total Retirement Plans are officially here to offer you the oversight and protection of the traditional, well-managed and highly trusted North Carolina Retirement System, with the benefits of access to additional low-fee products, retirement-related resources and great customer service.
It's more than a new logo and a new look. It’s a symbol for the next decade and beyond!
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Retirement Systems Recognized for Excellence
DST’s Retirement Systems Division, in partnership with Prudential Retirement, has been awarded First Place in the 2016 Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) Signature Award program in the “Retirement Readiness” category.
The highly regarded, national PSCA Signature Awards honor excellence in plan communication and investment education. This prestigious first place honor recognizes DST for its participant communication campaign, designed to make participants aware of their need for retirement
readiness and the steps they may need to take to help achieve retirement readiness. It particularly recognizes the department’s Annual Benefits Statement (ABS) - the focus of the contest entry - and one of the important resources designed to help North Carolina public employees achieve retirement readiness.
The contest entry emphasized the importance of the ABS as a retirement planning tool and explained the role it fulfills in providing a personalized measure of a public employee’s expected retirement income in aggregate, from sources that include Social Security, their pension plans, savings in the supplemental plans, and mostly recently, the enhancements that enables a participant to include outside savings and additional income.
Penalty Tax Exemption for Public Safety Employees
The North Carolina Retirement Systems Division wants to make you aware of a recent change to federal law as it relates to public safety employees. On June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act.” This new law expands the exemption which up until now only apply to pension assets. With this change in the law North Carolina Public Safety workers are exempt from the 10% penalty tax on early distributions from 401(k) plans. This means that public safety employees, as defined by the IRS, are no longer subject to the 10% penalty upon separation of service at or after age 50, effective January 1, 2016.
This legislation primarily affects those employees who are considering retiring prior to Jan. 1, 2016 and have assets in the NC 401(k) Plan. This is important information for participants to consider because the law does not take effect until January 1, 2016. Anyone who retires and withdraws funds before the implementation of the law may still be subject to the penalty. Because of the considerable tax implications regarding the withdrawal of 401(k) funds participants have saved for retirement, the participant should consult a tax advisor. The Department of State Treasurer does not give tax advice.
Internal Revenue Code Section 415(b)
Internal Revenue Code section 415(b) is a federal provision that limits the amount of annual retirement benefits that an individual can receive from a pension plan. Beginning in August 2016, retiring TSERS and LGERS members may be affected by these limits. The NC Retirement Systems has created a fact sheet
to help members understand IRC section 415(b) and make informed decisions about their retirement.
Requesting Appointments with the Retirement Systems
- One-on-one appointments are generally reserved for members who are within one year of their retirement date. You will need to request a benefits estimate at least 30 days in advance of your appointment date by submitting a completed Form 309, Estimating Your Retirement Benefits, to the Retirement Systems (available in ORBIT).
- If you have questions that can be answered over the phone, please feel free to contact us at 1-877-627-3287. Our knowledgeable telephone counselors can provide you with most of the same information that you would receive with an appointment, and it saves you time and travel!
- If you have questions regarding your benefits estimate or any other issues which cannot be answered or resolved by phone or email, we will schedule an appointment for you.
- If you are applying for Retirement Benefits, please contact your employer to begin this process.